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The childcare services that WCD offer are Pre-School Services and the After Schools programme. Currently we have Pre-School services in operation in Athlone, located in Brawny Square and Paistí Beaga, Lissywoolen.

As well as the Pre-Schools services we also operate After-Schools services, one in Educate Together National School based in Mullingar, and the remainder in various schools and community settings in Athlone.

Our After-schools projects are funded through the National Childcare Investment Programme, under  the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCSS),via POBAL and the Dept of Children and Youth Affairs.

Our preschools are funded in the main through the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme (ECCE) – better known as the “Free Pre-School Year”,  via POBAL and the Dept of Children and Youth Affairs.

The projects are also funded and supported by the Dept. of Social Protection, and by Westmeath County Childcare Committee.

Our After-School services run from the start of the school year until July, and includes camps at Halloween, Easter and in July, when the schools are closed. Services are available 4 hours a day, Monday-Fridayduring the school year, and includes a hot snack, homework supports, art and cultural activities, sports, fun and games. A trained primary school teacher is on hand Monday to Thursday to help with homework.

Our Pre School services operate on the school calendar, and are open in the mornings. Our preschools are inspected by the HSE.

Our staff include permanent staff in each premises, plus staff employed on work experience programmes such as Community Employment and TUS. Our staff are Garda vetted, and are trained in various FETAC Childcare Modules.

Our services are coordinated by our Childcare Services Manager, Sinead Casey. For further information on our Childcare Services please contact Sinead in our Athlone office on 090 6494555, or by email, scasey@westcd.ie

2012-2013 Graduates of the Pre - School Service

 

2012-2013 Graduates of Westmeath Community Development Childcare Services

Children attending the 3 Pre-School Services, located in Brawny Square, Blackberry Lane and Paisti Beaga in Athlone have graduated in style this year, after a fun filled year of preparing them for main stream education through the Aistear and Siolta  Curriculum.

At the graduations events in each of the venues in late June the children performed for their parents, reciting poems and songs, and displaying their art work and other work done during the year. One parent noted ‘that the work Staff do with their Children should be praised, my child has learned a lot and can sound out her letters, knows all her colours and can count to ten, the work is fantastic’.

Along with the 3 preschools WCD operates 8 After Schools, 7 in Athlone and one in Educate Together National School based in Mullingar, funded through the National Childcare Investment Programme under the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme – better known as the “Free Preschool Year” and Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCSS). The projects are also funded and supported by the Dept. of Social Protection, and by Westmeath County Childcare Committee. Over 200 children attend our childcare services.

Children attending WCD service are guaranteed plenty of fun based activities as well as being provided with a healthy nutritious snack, while also ensuring that home-work is complete daily with a fully qualified teachers in each centre.

The afterschool's also  provide a service to children outside of school terms, with camps  during Halloween, Easter, and Summer. This Summer Children attending have 2 full weeks of high energy activities to keep them busy including, sports days, baking, arts & crafts along with day trips to Lough Key forest park and Dublin Zoo!

The Preschools service are closed now for the summer and will reopen again in September. The After Schools will finish in mid July and reopen in September also. For information on  the WCD Childcare Services, or to enrol a child for September 2013 for either service please contact Sinead Casey, Childcare Services Manager on 09064-94555 or email scasey@westcd.ie .

          

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Westmeath Community Development -LCDP Secondary After Schools Grants 2013

WCD are pleased to announce their small grant scheme for Community Based Secondary After Schools Projects

Eligible activities

  • Devolpment of community based second level educational programmes for young people at risk of early school leaving and educational disadvange.
  • Projects may include tutor cost, materials, equipment, travel costs for educational visits, provision of refreshments for young people.

Grant aid available €1500- €4000 per project

Closing date: 14th June @ 5pm

Projects should have a focus on RAPID areas in Athlone/Mullingar or other designated rural areas;

Please read explantory sheet before submitting application

Details available from Linda-Jo Quinn/Arlene Kelly

ljquinn@westcd.ie/akelly @westcd.ie or info@westcd.ie 

or Telephone 090 6494555

secondary after schools grants.doc

lcdp grant application form 2013 2.doc

         

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Pre-School & After-School Open/Registration Day

Westmeath Community Development operate various Community based Childcare Services in Athlone and Mullingar from Pre-Schools to After School services funded through the National Childcare Investment Programme, under the the Department of Health & Children

An open day/registration day for 2013 - 2014 will be held on Friday 24th May from 10am

10am - 1pm for Pre - Schools

2.30pm - 5.30pm for the After - School Services

For further details see the link below or contact Sinead Casey, Childcare Services Manager on 090 6494555 or 087 7729172

pre school after school open registration day.doc

                                          

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Employment Opportunity - After School Worker

We wish to recruit one After School Worker, to work in our services based in Mullingar, funded under the National Childcare Investment Programme, (NCIP)

Suitable candidate should be comfortable with Irish, English and Maths. Leaving certificate or equivalent qualification would be advantageous. The Successful candidate should have a minimum of Fetac Level 5 in Childcare and have access to transport.

Application Form and Job Description can be downloaded here.  

Completed applications can be returned to Frank Murtagh, Assistant CEO, Westmeath Community Development, Clonmore Industrial Estate Mullingar, Co Westmeath Phone: 044-9348571   Email: info@westcd.ie

Closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00 p.m. Friday 10th August 2012.

Westmeath Community Development Ltd are an Equal Opportunities Employer

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Pre-School & After-School Open/Registration Day

 

Westmeath Community Development Childcare Services have Pre-schools and After-schools located in:

  • Paisti Begga
  • Blackberry Lane
  • Brawney Square Lissywollen

Also After-school services located in:

  • Monksland Community Centre
  • Battery Heights Community Centre/House
  • St Paul’s Primary School
  • Willow Park Community Centre

Registration Places & Times

Monksland Community Centre from 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Battery Heights Community House from 2.30pm to 5.30pm

St Paul’s Primary School from 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Willow Park Community House from 2.30pm to 5.30pm

St Mary’s Grace Park from 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Blackberry Lane Community Centre from 10am to 1.00pm (Pre-School) and 2.30pm to 5.30pm (After School)

Brawney Square Community Centre from 10am– 1pm (Pre-school) and 2.30pm to 5.30pm (After-School)

For information contact:

Sinead Casey, Childcare Services Manager on 0906494555 or 0877729172 , or why not email scasey@westcd.ie

 

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